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It's a big weekend for barbecue in Milwaukee

Between Big Gig BBQ, Harley Fest and Labor Day, it's going to be a big weekend for barbecue in Milwaukee. Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine’s dining critic, Ann Christenson, and 88Nine’s foodie, Tarik Moody, discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on  This Bites. This Bites is supported by  Society Insurance. Listen to the podcast and read more below to hear more about barbecue this weekend, other culinary events coming up and the latest Milwaukee food news.

Big Gig BBQ

On Sunday, September 2 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Summerfest grounds is the Big Gig BBQ. Get Big Eats from 15 local vendors, Big Music, and Big Fun, including picnic games and BBQ cooking demonstrations will be featured at this year’s event. And for the first time, the Big Gig BBQ is hosting an Amateur BBQ Rib Competition, open to local backyard BBQ enthusiasts who want to showcase their best rib recipe. And if you want to leave it to the professionals, Hue Vietnamese, Miss Beverly's Deluxe Barbeque, Iron Grate, Nino's Southern Sides, Pitch's and more will be there.

Harley's 115th Anniversary Celebration

What pairs with motorcycle riding? More barbecue. Motor Bar and Restaurant at the Harley-Davidson Museum will be giving a taste of the open road with a culinary adventure through America. This weekend during Harley's 115th, they have a menu of smoked in-house barbecue, a smokehouse chicken salad, roadhouse beer chili, prime smokehouse burgers, barbecue pork stuffed potatoes, a brisket sandwich and more classic American fare.

View MKE

Wolf Peach closed earlier this year and View MKE moved in. The new restaurant was named after its amazing view of Milwaukee atop the historic Brewer's Hill neighborhood. One of the best things about Wolf Peach was that view and seeing it from the restaurant patio and garden. Since then, View MKE has been building its own patio design. We didn't know if the owners could top Wolf Peach's set up, but the new one, called "The Back Yard," is a serious slab of patio. It holds 100 people, has an outdoor bar, fire pits, the full dinner menu and a brunch that features a rolling Bloody Mary cart. It's open now, just in time for Labor Day.

Ann's Best of Milwaukee choices

The new issue of Milwaukee Magazine is its "Best of Milwaukee" edition. Ann wrote about two of her picks: Tabal Chocolate and a pizza farm in East Troy.

Tabal Chocolate in Wauwatosa makes single origin dark chocolate and cacao products from bean to bar—meaning the cocao beans come directly from relationships with Central and South American farmers for ethical, pure and environmentally-friendly chocolate. Ann recommends taking a chocolate making class, sampling cacao nibs and savoring the shop's thick sipping chocolate.

Grassway Organics' Pizza on the Farm events are the perfect foodie getaway. As Ann writes, "Your life is not complete until you have had a pizza served in the pastoral setting of a Wisconsin farm."

Director of Digital | Radio Milwaukee